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Girl Scouts of the USA has developed a training plan That:

  • Seeks to develop learning opportunities that focus the volunteers on helping girls achieve the fifteen national outcomes,
  • Respects volunteers' limited time by reducing the number of required learning modules,
  • And encourages continuous learning.

Most training is offered to volunteers at no charge; visit the Adult Event Calendar for more information.

Volunteers must register for each class using the online registration system or a paper registration form. Registration must be completed prior to the listed close date for each class, classes close on Friday of the week prior to the class. If there are fees associated with a class payment must be submitted at the time of registration. 

You may register for training if you are a currently registered member of Girl Scouts of the USA working in a volunteer capacity with a troop or at an event.

 

REQUIRED TRAININGS 

  • Girl Scouting 101 is a basic volunteer orientation class that is available as an online course designed to familiarize the new volunteer to Girl Scout program including the mission, the Promise and the Law and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Visit this link and enter password: aboutGS101


  • Volunteer Essentials is a document that offers a comprehensive overview of the Girl Scout program, policies and standards for safety, money handling, events and activities. Volunteer Essentials contains a wealth of information and is commonly referred to as "the national volunteer handbook"; it is best used as an on-going resource. New Volunteers should be familiar with this publication and read the Quick Start Guide prior to attending Jumpstart training. Find Volunteer Essentials at http://www.gsctx.org/adults/volunteers/currentvolunteers/volunteer-essentials


  • Jumpstart is an orientation that gives the new troop volunteer the opportunity to meet with the Service Team volunteers that support the neighborhood/area that she/he is volunteering in. Jumpstart gives practical information about getting your troop started and the resources available to each volunteer. Contact your Service Unit Director or MDE for more information.

 

  • Leadership Essentials is a face to face class that teaches leaders how to create a program that is girl led, hands on and cooperative. Leadership Essentials includes discussion of program goals and delves into the Girl Scout core program curriculum including Journeys and the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting. Grade Level training is also included in this class and some classes cover specific grade levels such as Daisy/Brownie while others will cover all grade levels. Please choose the class that best suits your grade level needs. Additional grade level information can be found on the GSUSA website at http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/quickstart

 

  • CPR/AED and First Aid - A first-aider is an adult volunteer who has taken Girl Scout-approved first-aid and CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR. All troop meeting and troop activities must have at least one adult volunteer in attendance that is first-aid/CPR-certified. Visit the Adult Event Calendar for a list of First Aid/CPR classes. 
    • American Red Cross
    • EMP America
    • American Safety and Health Institute
    • National Safety Council
    • American Heart Association
  • The following health care providers may serve as Girl Scout First-Aiders if they hold current CPR certification: physician, physician's assistant, dentist, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, or emergency medical technician. 
  • Note: First Aid/CPR classes completely entirely online do not satisfy Girl Scout requirements for certification and do not offer enough opportunity to practice and receive feedback on technique.

 

  • Overnight Information for Troops 

  • In order to take troops overnight one volunteer must take either the OCC or the CCC class.
  • If a troop is ready to go overnight, but has not yet progressed to the level where they are ready to cam, the volunteer can take OCC which fulfils the requirement for troop overnight training. Later, when the troop is ready to go on an overnight camping trip, the volunteer can take Stepping up to CCC to complete his/her education in overnight and camp training.
  • Alternately, CCC offers the volunteer an opportunity to complete their training by taking an all-in-one, two-day, overnight class that includes all components of the OCC and Stepping up to CCC classes.

 

  • Overnight/Outdoor Class Descriptions

  • Overnight Consultant Course(OCC)This class teaches volunteers the ins and outs of an overnight experience with a group of Girl Scouts. The volunteer will learn how to include the girls in planning, budgeting, and packing for an overnight trip. Safety considerations and no-cook recipes are included. The OCC class does not certify to build a fire or do any outdoor cooking with girls. Note: OCC is the first of two classes needed to complete outdoor training; this class must be taken prior to taking Stepping Up to CCC. (3 hours)


  • Stepping up to CCC This course is part two of the two classes needed to complete outdoor training. Participants must take OCC prior to taking this course. This course prepares the volunteer to plan a campout with the girls. Topics including safety, fire-building, cooking, sanitation, and fun activities are covered in this training. Be prepared for hands on experiences like building a fire and preparing a meal. Note: Stepping Up to CCC is the second class needed to complete outdoor training; this class must be taken after to taking OCC. (7 hours)


  • Camping Consultant Course This class includes all overnight and outdoor training components covered in OCC and Stepping up to CCC. This is an all-in-one class that is taught over the course of two days and it requires an overnight stay. CCC certifies the volunteer to take the girls on any overnight trip, and certifies the volunteer in camp fires and outdoor cooking. Volunteers learn how to include the girls in planning, budgeting, packing for an overnight trip, safety, fire-building, cooking, sanitation, and many other activities. (Overnight)